Mil­lions op­pose Heathrow plans

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

BARRY Nel­son-West crit­i­cises Hilling­don Coun­cil (Gazette let­ters, Fe­bru­ary 11) for op­pos­ing the plans to ex­pand Heathrow Air­port.

A poll of res­i­dents con­ducted by the coun­cil showed that two thirds of those who re­sponded were op­posed to ex­pan­sion so it would be most sur­pris­ing if this were not the case.

A sim­i­lar poll con­ducted by Rich­mond Coun­cil re­sulted in an even big­ger ma­jor­ity against.

He also gives the im­pres­sion that it is the only lo­cal author­ity to take this stance whereas in fact Hilling­don is but one of a con­sor­tium of 20 coun­cils around Heathrow that form the 2M Group all of which are op­posed to the fur­ther ex­pan­sion of Heathrow.

The 2M in the ti­tle re­lates to the two mil­lion res­i­dents th­ese coun­cils rep­re­sented when the group was first formed (it is now

nearer three mil­lion as more coun­cils have since joined the group) a fig­ure that com­pletely dwarves his claim that 80,000 lo­cal peo­ple are in favour.

For good mea­sure he then goes on to re­peat the ab­surd claim that if Heathrow is not al­lowed to ex­pand it will decline.

In fact there are nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies that nei­ther grow nor decline but con­tinue to pros­per, why should they not?

Re­cently we have seen the ex­am­ple of Tesco and other ma­jor su­per­mar­ket chains which, in try­ing to grow, have ac­tu­ally gone into decline.

Can­cer cells are the only things in na­ture to dis­play un­re­stricted growth and we all know what they lead to. PHILIP SHER­WOOD Vic­to­ria Lane

Har­ling­ton

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